How to Find and Use Audio Search Engines

Search tools for finding all kinds of audio files and content

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The following audio search tools will enable you to find specific audio files and audio content (though some will overlap and therefore be featured in both the audio search engines and video search engines sections). Use these tools to find sound effects, sound-based content (podcasts, interviews, speeches, interviews, and historical events), as well as books read aloud by a wide variety of authors, news, and streaming audio sites.

Audio Search Engines

  • Yahoo Audio Search: Search for music, interviews, speeches, newscasts, podcasts, sound effects, and more.
  • BlogDigger: A search engine for both audio and video content that is hosted at other sources.
  • SingingFish: Search for audio files in a variety of formats, including MP3's or by categories (news, sports, entertainment, etc.).
  • Lycos Multimedia Search: Click the radio button for "audio" and go to town. Includes a family friendly filter.
  • FindSounds: Searches the Web for sound effects or musical instrument samples.
  • Blinkx: Blinkx TV is basically a search engine that allows you to search for audio and video clips not only using keywords and phrases, but also content in the actual clips that you're looking for.
  • Loomia: Loomia is a relatively smallish audio and video search engine that focuses mostly on podcasts and videos.

Audio Search Directories

  • Open Directory Audio: Points to a wide selection of audio links.

Specialized Audio-Specific Sites

Streaming Audio Music Sites

Audio News

  • IT Conversations: Listen to podcasts from technology notables.
  • BBC Audio A-Z Interviews: Huge database of BBC audio interviews.
  • Audio and Video Directory: Excellent collection of news sources.
  • NPR National Public Radio: Search past news broadcasts as well.
  • CNN Video: CNN's video is always top-notch; you can search past broadcasts, too.

Audio Books